From Night Sky Theology...
This is the place we realize now that we live—on a little planet, dependent on the onion skin thick layer of air that gives us life in an unimaginable vast universe. We now have identified billions of galaxies and uncountable stars, many likely to have their own “solar system” with planets. Whether life exists elsewhere and in what form is an unanswered question. Whether or not the cosmic forces we are learning about are a complete picture is also unknown but if there is anything we can learn from the history of the study of human knowledge, it is that big surprises await us… and we are no longer innocents.
Essays by Robert Magrisso
I came back to the hospital after office hours just to tell Seana the operative findings. As her general internist, I knew there was no real need for me to tell her, as she would be just coming out of general anesthesia and was, technically, on the surgery service. But I felt that I should. This would be her fourth major surgery to try and defeat the inexorably metastasizing colon cancer.READ
She’d been preoccupied with death for several years now; but one aspect had never before crossed her mind: dying, you don’t get to see how it all turns out. Questions you have asked will go unanswered forever. Will this one of my children settle down? Will that one learn to be happier? Will I…READ
“We can survive death to the extent that we have already let go of our singular solitary selves… Immortality, for Spinoza, is impersonal. I survive my necessary death to the extent that I have ceased identifying with the mere thing that I am, and identify with the whole intricate web I…READ
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